The technology solution for providing Broadband is not a foregone conclusion. there are a number of technologies suitable for providing broadband communications; and all have their niche in the choice for enabling internet access to applications. Broadly speaking (no pun intended), they are either wireline or wireless. Broadband Access is considered by governments as crucial to the economic and social development of their citizens. Accordingly, Broadband is now in the first innings of a long-term deployment game where the stakes are high, and returns are still uncertain.
Until recently, wireless technologies could not match the combination of cost, performance, quality and reliability characterized by wireline networks. Wireless systems are desirable because: by their very nature they can be designed quickly; are much cheaper than wireline technologies to install and operate; and can be up and running in a fraction of the time. The relatively low capital intensity of wireless communications makes it ideally suited to connect chronically underserved, rural communities.
The rapid evolution and increasing capacity of wireless networking technologies has opened up new possibilities for wireless delivery of broadband multimedia services and content. The concept of Personal Broadband has emerged enabling the freedom and convenience to access all subscribed communication services while on the move and without the restriction of having to remain within the confines of a geographic location.
The Internet, too, has emerged as one of the technical and business success stories uprooting conventional wisdom on how to build telecommunications networks today and for the future. As such, IP is becoming the preferred medium for the delivery of new media content and services.
Convergence of mobility and the Internet is the next wave in the communications and information revolution. The Internet, has emerged as one of the technical and business success stories uprooting conventional wisdom on how to build telecommunications networks.
As such, Telecom operators are busily trying to come to grips with re-inventing their business around an IP-based world.
This world is one in which small mobile computing/communications devices become the preferred medium for viewing new, IP-based media content and services and that promises to provide location independent services that promises to make our lives easier. This world is the NGN and reflects the merging of the Internet, Telecommunications, and Information Technology.